So I'm a few weeks into learning how to do this properly, so let that frame my question. Skip down a few paragraphs if you don't want to know my background.
I've played guitar for 27 years, jazz for about 15...I previously used a sort of bastardized George Benson pick grip, holding the pick with more of the pad of the index finger and thumb, with a pronounced angle when the pick struck the string.
When playing electric jazz, I could play softly but fast in this style, because the amplifier was giving me volume. Needless to say, this technique does NOT work for unamplified gypsy jazz...
So I've been enjoying gypsy picking so far, for the tonal benefits alone, but even just a few weeks in I can already see how speed will come in time.
With my old technique, I would definitely grasp the pick more firmly for bursts of speed...playing a few lines this morning, I can also see that over the years I developed a bad habit of letting the fingers do some of the work too (builds tension)
My question is this- those of you more experienced with gypsy picking--can you play fast lines with as light of a grip as you'd use for rhythm or melody playing? Is it natural to need to grip the pick a bit firmer for the really fast stuff? I figure the answer is "it comes with time," but if that's not the answer, I don't want to be fighting nature, so to speak:)
Anyway, thanks in advance for reading all of this, and I'm new here too, so hello.